It has been part of the Mission Statement for the Thoth Hermes Podcast since its beginnings that the serious discussion of paranormal phenomena like precogntion, telepathy and clairvoyance shall be part of our subjects. But we have never treated the paranormal as such in a full episode, and now the occasion has come.
Our guest today is Norwegian historian of ideas and author Terje G. Simonsen, well-versed also in all things esoteric and occult and also bearer of some quite extraordinary experiences in the field he will also tell us about. His book “A Short Story of (nearly) everything paranormal has become a real bestseller, and offers a wide overview of phenomena, tries to find explanations but without demystiying. In his very open and friendly way Terje explains us his view on the matter, but also has a lot to say about people like Carlos Castaneda, Michael Harner and Rudolf Steiner!
The book on the paranormal, endorsed by consciousness experts as the best introduction to psychic phenomena, offering the latest scientific research as well as highly compelling anecdotes.
“Superb survey of the paranormal … I cannot recommend it highly enough.” – New York Times bestselling author Herbie Brennan
This is the most entertaining and broad survey of the paranormal ever made, combining forgotten lore, evidence from parapsychological experiments and the testament of scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists, psychologists, physicists and philosophers, and also quite a few celebrities. Exploring the possibility that paranormal phenomena may be – and that some most likely are – objectively real, this travelogue through the twilight zone of human consciousness is both scientifically rigorous and extremely entertaining.
Readers may be surprised to learn that reputable scientists, among them several Nobel laureates, have claimed that telepathy is a reality, that Cleopatra’s lost palace and Richard III’s burial place were recovered by means of clairvoyance, and that an espionage program using psychics was set up by the US military! The author proposes that all humans (perhaps all living beings) are linked together in a sort of “mental internet” that allows us to exchange “telepathic emails” and make clairvoyant downloads of information. Could it be that what we usually call “supernatural” is a natural but little understood communication via this mental internet? An engaging, entertaining and informative analysis of a controversial subject, in which these phenomena are approached as potential expressions of unexplained powers of the human mind.
Download the article we discuss in the interview!
The Experimental Evidence for Parapsychological Phenomena:
by Etzel Cardeña – Lund University (Sweden)
Music played in this episode
1) EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE – Birraj
Pianist and Composer based in New Delhi, India making production music for Films, TV and Media
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2) THE FAREWELL – Break of Reality
Having sold out concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Break of Reality is regarded as one of the world’s premiere alt-classical chamber ensembles. The band’s signature cello rock sound has bridged the gap between classical, rock and world music listeners, and in 2015, the members of Break of Reality were appointed music ambassadors by the U.S. State Department.
Formed in 2003 at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Break of Reality has gone on to reach millions of listeners via platforms like Spotify and Pandora Radio, and their rendition of the Game of Thrones theme has over 20 million views on YouTube. The band has released four full length albums, including The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky (2009), Covers (2012), and Ten (2014). Their music has been featured on a variety of radio, television and internet outlets, including NPR, PBS, Dateline NBC, Yahoo Music and Huffington Post.
In addition to performing and recording, Break of Reality is dedicated to educational initiatives through music. The group has visited hundreds of public schools around the world, performing alongside music students and encouraging them to think outside of the box with their classical instruments. The band has also developed a DIY Lecture Series, designed to empower budding classical musicians with practical, real world music business knowledge.
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3) UNA NUEVA ALBA – Patrick Ussher
Patrick is an author of books on both philosophy and health as well as a composer of ‘classical-ish’ music. He have a BA & MA in Classics (Ancient Greek & Latin) from the University of Exeter, UK.